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Returning home can be the most rewarding and reflective of journeys, as it’s often a means of coming full circle. On Home, the third album from North Carolina’s Midtown Dickens, one will discover there are an infinite number of ways to return, and like the songs on the album, each of way is nostalgic and comforting by its own measure.
In some ways Brooklyn-via-Columbia, Mo., indie rockers White Rabbits have the sounds of their musical affiliates permanently embedded in their music.
As Bowerbirds, Beth Tacular and Phil Moore have crafted delicate, captivating folk songs that make the heart swell.
Considering the importance of collaboration for many local musicians, a mixture is the perfect way to describe the community of artists, genres and bands that comprise the Trekky Records family.
When Matt Park’s former group Veelee disbanded, Park retreated and did what he knew best in order to handle the situation: kept making music. But after writing and recording a few solo songs, Park knew he wanted to take things out of the bedroom and on to the stage again.
J. Capri, the newest addition to the Triangle’s almost-underground hip-hop club, is quick to recognize the strength of the region’s growing scene.
If anyone can make a compilation of traditional hymns and rework them into folk songs, Jeff Crawford is the right man to do it.
For former Carolina Chocolate Drops founding member Justin Robinson, it’s the intersection of various instruments, a bluegrass background and a bit of Gothic-sounding folk that makes it hard to define his latest endeavor of Justin Robinson and the Mary Annettes. According to Facebook, the group dubs itself “frozen swamp music; post-Civil War hip-hop.”
On Normal, Charleston trio Run Dan Run creates an album that embodies elements of indie rock with a vengeance. The group’s sophomore release may draw heavy comparisons to the work of Broken Social Scene, but it manages to harness some of its own creativity.
Through driving instrumentation and sweet melodies, Winston-Salem’s Estrangers presents a refined and occasionally tumultuous take on pop music on its debut album Black Ballroom. Although familiar, the band makes its sound personal with a swirl of whimsical layers.
Whether up in Brooklyn or hanging around the Triangle, Kooley High still has North Carolina on its mind and doesn’t want you to forget it. On its latest release, David Thompson, the Raleigh hip-hop outfit pays homage to NC State basketball and its home state, while presenting a cool and chilled out album complete with slowed down tracks, full beats and a smattering of different collaborators.
From the Triangle to New York, Raleigh’s Kooley High is a hip-hop force that weaves its true North Carolina pride into tight beats and fancy wordplay. An outfit of six — three emcees, two producers and one DJ Ill Digitz — the group has endured despite a partial relocation to Brooklyn.
For a proud father of two, Dad Rocks!, the pseudonym of Icelandic/Danish musician Snaever Njall Albertsson, is the perfect name to use when making music inspired by his children. On Mount Modern, he combines robust instrumentation with a mix of pop and folk through cutesy songs that aim to not be taken too seriously. But despite his feel-good intentions, Albertsson’s quirky reflections of fatherhood are bogged down by immaturity.
As a harsh winter lurks around the corner, The Wilderness of Manitoba creates a safe hideaway on its latest release, When You Left The Fire, a cozy collection of earthy themes and big sounds that ultimately warm the soul with the familiar blanket of folk music.
Everyone seems to want more of one thing or another — time, money, food — the list could go on forever. On Want More, the second album from JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, that want might be more marijuana or liquor on some occasions, but considering the rays of soul that pour from the album, the casual references are just another part of the upbeat personality the band exudes.
When Dive reviewed Read Me Out Loud in our Sept. 29 issue, we incorrectly labeled “Maria, Maria” as a cover, among other things. We decided to give the record another listen and re-evaluate it.
As its waves crash on the shore, the ocean’s power is undeniable. It’s an entity that, as an apostrophe, can connote powerful sentiments ranging from serenity to bitterness.
Considering his propensity for quirky social references, perhaps Jeffrey Lewis’ discography is best listened to like a strange set of audio almanacs.
With people pouring out of every stoop and porch, the Carrboro Music Festival brings over 180 bands from around the Triangle to 25 different venues on Sunday for a price sure to fit every student’s budget: free.